Is there anything nicer on a comfortable summer evening than sitting outside and enjoying the weather? And now that it is late summer and nearly fall, those cool and comfortable nights should become more frequent. But how can you enjoy your landscaping and garden no matter what time of day or night it is? Outdoor lighting can help! Here are a few tips on how to tackle your next outdoor lighting design project at your DE home.
Outdoor lighting is both practical and aesthetically pleasing. You can get a lot more use out of your outdoor living area when it is well lit. That means you and your family can head outside even during the night time hours and still be able to see clearly. Not only that, outdoor lighting can also help keep would-be criminals away from your home: a home that has plenty of outdoor lighting is not a very desirable target.
The first thing you should do when planning your new lighting design project is to take a walk around your property. Do this at night time and bring a flashlight so you can see where you are going and take note of where key pieces of your landscaping are located. Do you have a tree you want to highlight? Or maybe you have a water feature that you would like to make the night time focal point of your garden?
While it might be tempting to use the outdoor lighting to mark the boundaries of your yard, this can sometimes look too harsh. Instead, your lighting design should include lights that subtly but effectively brighten up your yard. For example, consider placing some small lights in a flower bed or consider using a larger light to shine on a tree. That way, your yard is being lit up properly but the eye will also be drawn to a pretty tree too.
You shouldn’t worry about having lights that are symmetrical either. You can light up a walkway or path in your yard, but consider placing the lights in a zig-zag pattern instead of along a straight line.
Finally, you can be creative and use your imagination! While bright white string lights are usually associated with Christmas and other holidays, you can use those to accent your patio or porch to add some character and light.